Dogville Wow. Consider me a Lars Von Trier fan. I circled for years around his work, only seeing Dancer in the Dark last year. I'm officially a convert. Such an amazing and sad film, the gimmick with the spare sets works for me one hundred percent and affords breathtaking shots where horror is going on in one house and you can see everyone in the other houses oblivious. Kidman and the rest of the cast are great. I can't wait for Anti-Christ.
Manderlay Second part of the proposed trilogy, can't measure up to the wollop of Dogville but I thought an equally brilliant film. I really, really hope he makes the third one.
Still Walking Wonderful. Finely acted, well observed story about a family coming together on the anniversery of the death of one of it's members. Very intelligent about class and culture of Japan.
Extract I was dissapointed. It's kind of a mess and it's not very funny. Scenes go nowhere and it looks awful.
In the Mood For Love Rewatch, gets better with every viewing.
Birth What an incredible, overlooked, brilliant film this is. I hadn't seen it since it was in theaters and I was amazed at how good it is. The score is astounding, the cinematography is gorgeous and subtle, the performances from Kidman down to the kid Cameron Bright are all nuanced and affecting. How has this not become a cult movie?
Broken Flowers Still really incredible. Easily one of Jarmusch's best, and it's easier to see the evolution to The Limits of Control having seen this again. Bill's obviously always great, but i love Jeffrey Wright in this movie.
The September Issue I enjoyed much of it but I feel it's a sorely missed oppurtunity. There are flashes in the film of real insight into the everyday workings of putting together the magazine and lives of the people who do it but it needed more depth. I don't even care that's it's completely reverant, what troubled me was how little the filmmakers delved into any aspect of the production or the reasons behind the production. Why does this magazine exist? What is it's purpose? Why do designers from around the world cow tow to this little woman in giant sunglasses? What about doing this job makes her happy? None of that is addressed in any way in this and it's a shame.
The Informant Saw it tonight and it's really good. It's very funny and unexpected in the way it plays out. Damon is incredible and the rest of the cast (including Melanie Lynskey, Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, Robert Wilson, Tony Hale, Patton Oswalt and about fifty other great people who I won't spoil). I'm a big Soderbergh fan and while I think it's extraordinarily well made and while it confirms he's by far the best user of digital cinema, he's comparatively absent as a voice in the film. Perhaps I was just so caught up in the performances. I don't know if he will get it given the movie, but Damon definitely deserves an Oscar nomination for this. Very reccommended.
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